|Earthquake Titan Telesto Floor-standing Speakers and Supernova MKVI 10" Subwoofer|
One of the tenets of running a business is that you want to grow in size, number of products, types of products, and therefore, aim the financial arrow in the upward direction.
For subwoofer companies, the natural thing to do is to add speakers to your product line. After all, subwoofers are meant to be played by themselves. They go with, you guessed it, speakers.
So, as you have probably noticed when browsing the Internet, or reading the various audio magazines, subwoofer companies have been adding speakers to their product array.
Earthquake Sound has offered speakers for several years, and true to the Earthquake concept, some of them are very large. However, the trend these days is to have speakers with a small footprint and narrow view from the front. This means a couple of things. One is that they are deeper than they are wide, especially if there is a decent sized woofer in the enclosure, which is then mounted on the side. This is the case for Earthquake's new Titan Telesto speakers.
SPECIFICATIONS : TITAN TELESTO SPEAKERS
- Design: Floor-standing, Four-way, Sealed Enclosure
- Drivers: One 1" Silk Dome Tweeter, One 1.25" Horn-loaded Silk Dome Tweeter, Two 4" Carbon Fiber Midrange, One 8" Woofer
- MFR: 20 Hz - 40 kHz
- Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 88 dB/m/2.83v
- Power Handling: 500 Watts
- Dimensions: 50" H x 7.7" W x 18.3" D
- Weight: 68 Pounds/Each
- MSRP: $4,999/Pair USA in Black Piano Finish
SPECIFICATIONS : SUPERNOVA MKVI 10" SUBWOOFER
- Design: Sealed Enclosure
- Drivers: One 10" Active, One 12" Passive Radiator
- Amplifier: 600 Watts RMS, Class D
- MFR: Down 2 dB at 20 Hz, Down 4 dB at 15 Hz
- Inputs: XLR and RCA
- Dimensions: 16" H x 16" W x 18" D
- Weight: 70 Pounds
- MSRP: $2,399 USA in Black Ash Wood Veneer
- Earthquake Sound
|Anthem Statement D2v Audio/Video Processor and Statement A5 Five-Channel Power Amplifier|
I covered the video side with Anthem’s LTX-500 LCoS 1080p projector and the Black Diamond II screen from SI Screens. Now let’s look at the other half of the home theater equation: the sound. To round out my Flagship Home Theater experience, I tested the Anthem Statement D2v A/V Processor and A5 five-channel power amplifier.
When looking for reliable advice on the purchase of home theater components, the one rule that is always stated is to budget twice as much money for audio as for video. In practice, this is very hard to do. We all want the biggest display possible and those extra inches cost a lot of extra dollars. Often there isn’t much left of the original budget for audio so we settle for gear that’s somewhat below state-of-the-art.
I broke this rule with my first system but since then have had the chance to right the wrong. When I was able to invest real money in audio, my home theater experience skyrocketed to an entirely new level. I truly re-discovered my movie collection as all those old familiar titles took on a whole new dimension. A big display is great and perhaps even essential but good sound can create such immersion and intimacy with the film that you’ll wonder how you watched movies before.
The home theater package Anthem sent me included their top-of-the-line processor, the Statement D2v and the 180 watt-per-channel A5 amplifier. These components, like the LTX-500 projector are no-compromise designs. The engineering and components that go into these products are truly state-of-the-art. The D2v is the ultimate hub for a home theater system. Boasting the Sigma Designs VXP (formerly Gennum VXP) video processing solution, support for the latest audio codecs on Blu-ray disc and three-zone operation, its capabilities are tremendous for both analog and digital sources. The A5 is also a high-end design with five channels of amplification, an extremely low noise floor and plenty of smooth clean power to drive whatever loudspeakers you care to connect it to.
- Design: Surround Sound Processor
- Codecs: Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS HD Master Audio, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6
- Sigma Designs VXP™ Image Processor
- True Inverse Telecine and Motion Adaptive 1080i De-interlacing
- 8 HDMI (v1.3c) inputs, 2 HDMI Outputs
- Video Transcoding to HDMI from S-Video and Component Video
- Video Upscaling for Analog and Digital Video streams
- Anthem Room Correction
- THX Ultra2 Certified
- Precision: 24-Bit/192kHz
- Output Impedance: 300/600 Ohm (RCA/XLR)
- Rated Output: 2 Vrms
- Max Output: 6.3Vrms/12.6Vrms (RCA/XLR)
- 3 Zone/4 Path Operation
- RS-232 Port, 3 Triggers
- Dimensions: 5.9" H x 17.25" W x 15.25" D
- Weight: 27 Pounds
- MSRP: $7,499 USA
- Design: Five Channel Power Amplifier
- Power Output: 180 Watts RMS x 5 into 8 Ohms; 265 Watts RMS x 5 into 4 Ohms
- MFR: 20 Hz - 20 kHz ± 0.15 dB / 5 Hz - 100 kHz ± 2 dB
- Inputs: RCA Unbalanced and XLR Balanced
- THD+N: 0.001%
- S/N: 120 dB
- Input Sensitivity: 1.5 Volts
- Input Impedance: 15 kOhms
- Dimensions: 7.6" H x 17.25" W x 19.4" D
- Weight: 57 Pounds
- MSRP: $3,199 USA
|NAD T 747 AV Surround Sound Receiver|
The NAD T747 AV Surround Sound Receiver is a 7-channel two zone receiver that is capable of decoding bitstream inputs of all the latest high-resolution audio formats. I like its understated styling a la NAD. The minimalist front panel has a simple two-line VFD display in the center of the panel. The characters on this display are about 3/8” high. This is a major improvement over the super small logos that are commonly found in so many of today’s receivers and processors. Moving from left to right across the front, there is a power switch, a headphone jack, a cursor control, menu button, listening mode button, source selection switches, a volume knob, and a set of front A/V inputs. Besides the manufacturer’s trademark and the unit’s model number, the front panel sports only 3 other logos: Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD Master Audio and HDMI. That’s it. No cluttered alphabet soup for NAD!
SPECIFICATIONS : NAD T 747 SURROUND SOUND RECEIVER
- Design: 7-Channel A/V Surround Receiver
- Codecs: Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD Master, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby ProLogic IIx, DTS HD High Resolution Ausio, Neo:6, EARS surround, Dolby Headphone
- Power Output: 2 x 110 Watts RMS into 8 Ohms, 7 x 60 Watts RMS into 8 Ohms
- THD+N: 0.08%
- Room Correction: Proprietary with 5-band parametric EQ
- Video Processing: Faroudja DCDi
- Inputs: 4 HDMI; 3 Component Video; 4 S-Video; 4 Composite Video; 2 Optical Digital; 2 Coax Digital; 7.1-Channel Analog Audio; Front – S-Video, Composite Video, Analog Audio, Optical Digital
- Outputs: 1 HDMI; 1 Component Video; 1 S-Video; 1 Composite Video; 7.1-Channel Analog Pre-out; 1 Coax Digital; 1 Optical Digital; IR Mini Plug; 12-Volt Trigger; Zone 2: S-Video, Composite, Stereo Analog
- Dimensions: 6.6" H x 17.1" W x 15.5" D
- Weight: 29.3 Pounds
- MSRP: $ 1,299 USA
- NAD Electronics
|Anthem LTX-500 LCoS Projector and SI Black Diamond II Screen|
Flagship Home Theater. The very words evoke the highest quality in audio and video reproduction. Anthem, a well-established maker of high end audio products has just released their first display, the THX-certified LTX-500 LCoS Projector. Like their audio gear, Anthem is marketing this unit as a reference quality piece. In their own words, “A full HD 1920x1080 ‘Reference’ point of view… brings the scale and excitement of the Cinema experience home.” Have they achieved their goal? Boy did I ever have fun finding out!
For this review, Anthem sent me a package consisting of the LTX-500 projector, Statement D2V Surround Processor, Statement A5 Multi-Channel Amplifier and a Black Diamond II Screen from SI Screens. Because of the tremendous number of features engineered into these components I have divided the article into two parts. Part 1, which you are reading now, will focus on the LTX-500 and Black Diamond II. Part 2 covers the Statement D2V and Statement A5.
Anthem is a company that pretty much needs no introduction. They have manufactured high-end audio components for over ten years. Their multi-channel processors and amplifiers have achieved an almost legendary status. When they announced their first front projector, I took particular notice. New displays from high-end manufacturers are a rarity in this highly competitive market. Anthem knew they’d have to bring something very special to the table. As you’ll see when you read on, they most definitely have.
Paired with the LTX-500 for Part 1 of the review, I installed the new Black Diamond II screen from SI Screens. The Black Diamond II has a twofold design goal. Firstly it provides a very high contrast rendition and secondly the image holds up well under ambient light. It does this with a very special screen material that directs more light back to the viewer rather than allowing it to scatter off to the sides. The material is available in two gains, .8 and 1.4. I was fortunate to have both materials on hand to test with the LTX.
- Panel type - Three 0.7" LCoS
- Native Resolution: 1920x1080
- Zoom Ratio: 1.4-2.8
- Light Output: 900 lumens
- Contrast Ratio: 50,000:1
- Screen Size – 60”-200” diagonal
- Throw Range: 6-39 Feet
- Inputs – 2 HDMI, 1 component, 1 S-Video, 1 Composite, 1 PC (D-sub)
- THX certified
- Fan Noise: 19 dB
- Control: RS-232, 12v Trigger
- Lamp Power: 200 Watts
- Dimensions: 6.6" H x 14.4" W x 18.9" D
- Weight: 24.3 Pounds
- MSRP: $8,000 USA
- Anthem AV